distribution of terms

<logic, philosophy of science> a feature that categorical terms come to have by virtue of their use in a specific categorical proposition. The term is distributed if the proposition refers to every member of the class it designates, unidistributed if it does not. Thus, the subject term is distributed in all and only universal propositions; the predicate term is distributed in all and only negative propositions.

[A Dictionary of Philosophical Terms and Names]

<2001-11-19>

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